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Major earthquake hits off coast of El Salvadorupdated: Mon Aug 27 2012 04:38:00

A powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador late Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported

6.0 quake strikes near Guatemala-Mexico borderupdated: Sun Jul 29 2012 09:38:00

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala near the country's border with Mexico Sunday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

SI.com: Avi Creditor: U.S. player ratings against Guatemalaupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 01:25:00

The U.S. men's national team had a chance at a three-point road haul in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying go by the wayside, yielding a late goal to Guatemala and settling for a 1-1 draw at Estadio Mateo Flores. Here are U.S. player ratings from the match (as always, based on a scale of 0-10):

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Three thoughts on U.S.-Guatemalaupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 01:14:00

WARSAW -- Three thoughts on the U.S.' 1-1 tie at Guatemala on Tuesday, which moved the U.S. into pole position in its semifinal-round World Cup qualifying group with four points, followed by Jamaica (four with less goal differential), Guatemala (one) and Antigua and Barbuda (one).

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Three thoughts ahead of U.S.-Guatemalaupdated: Tue Jun 12 2012 11:06:00

My three thoughts heading into the U.S.'s World Cup qualifier at Guatemala on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET, PPV, UStream). Can't see the game? Follow our live blog with Avi Creditor and Co., beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET.

Strong earthquake strikes south of Panamaupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 21:54:00

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Panama on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

New investigation launched into prostitution scandalupdated: Tue May 01 2012 16:51:00

The acting inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security is investigating the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia, in addition to four congressional committees as well as internal reviews by the agency, the military and the White House.

Agents spend wild night at strip club?updated: Fri Apr 27 2012 05:28:00

CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks to a KIRO reporter about a new report of Secret Service misconduct in El Salvador.

Fresh report, 'rumors flying' of past Secret Service misconductupdated: Fri Apr 27 2012 05:28:00

The Secret Service continued to be rocked Thursday by allegations of its agents' transgressions, though one U.S. government official cautioned against assuming there are systemic problems or that they are not properly investigated.

U.S. adds Guatemalan man with alleged Zetas ties to drug kingpin listupdated: Tue Apr 10 2012 21:24:00

The U.S. Treasury Department added a Guatemalan man to its drug kingpin list Tuesday, describing him as a "critical link" between Colombian drug producers and Mexico's Zetas cartel.

Report: Double-decker bus crash in Argentina kills 11updated: Sat Apr 07 2012 08:11:00

At least 11 people died and another 50 were injured when the driver of double-decker bus traveling from Bolivia to Argentina lost control of the vehicle, which veered three meters off a cliff, Argentinean state media said.

Panama teen was adrift at sea for 26 days; mother calls return 'a miracle'updated: Fri Mar 30 2012 18:48:00

It was a Friday evening in February when Adrian Vasquez, an 18-year-old from the town of Rio Hato, Panama, accepted an invitation from two friends to accompany them on what was proposed as an overnight fishing expedition.

U.S. soccer team eliminated from London Olympics by El Salvadorupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 05:49:00

The United States men's Olympic soccer team had its hopes dashed Monday night after a dramatic late goal killed its chances of going to London.

SI.com: Avi Creditor: Will shocking exit have long-term effect on U.S.?updated: Tue Mar 27 2012 01:23:00

The unthinkable transpired in Nashville, Tenn., as the favored U.S. Under-23 men's national team failed to get out of its own group in its attempt to qualify for the summer's Olympics following a 3-3 draw with El Salvador. Here are three thoughts and player ratings following a stunning result:

Panama's ex-ruler Noriega taken to hospitalupdated: Sun Feb 05 2012 18:51:00

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who is serving time in prison for crimes committed during his rule, was taken to a hospital, Panamanian police said Sunday.

CNNMoney: American Airlines to lay out cuts to unionsupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 09:48:00

American Airlines' parent is meeting with its unions this week to lay out cost cuts it wants to implement as part of its bankruptcy reorganization -- moves that could cost many of the company's 81,000 workers their jobs and a portion of their pension benefits.

Central America's bloody drug problemupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 08:53:00

Flanked by police officers with assault rifles, and riding down a highway in the back of a police pickup, police commissioner Julian Hernandez explains the difficult task of fighting crime.

Narco Wars: Murder in Hondurasupdated: Thu Jan 19 2012 08:53:00

CNN's Kaj Larsen travels to Honduras, a corridor for cocaine smuggling with the highest homicide rates in the world.

Panama's ex-ruler Noriega returns home after 22 yearsupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 05:16:00

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega arrived Sunday evening in his home country, nearly 22 years after U.S. forces forcibly removed him from office.

Manuel Noriega returns to Panamaupdated: Mon Dec 12 2011 05:16:00

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega returns to his country after 22 years. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Panama prepares for Noriega's arrivalupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 17:16:00

Panamanian officials are preparing for the return of former dictator Manuel Noriega, who is scheduled to be extradited from France this weekend, Panama's foreign minister told CNN en Español.

GOP, don't play politics with Obama's ambassador confirmationupdated: Fri Dec 09 2011 10:01:00

The United States is on the verge of losing a fierce advocate for democracy in Latin America. Mari Carmen Aponte, ambassador to El Salvador, was initially nominated by President Obama in late 2009. He made her a recess appointment in August 2010. She has hit the ground running in a Central American country that, thanks to her tireless work, has become a close partner and ally of the United States. It was the first Latin American country to send troops to Afghanistan.

Opponents dispute Nicaraguan election resultsupdated: Thu Nov 17 2011 07:02:00

Nicaragua's election officials have officially declared President Daniel Ortega's victory, but opponents are protesting the results.

Mexican soldiers find 140 migrants in a tractor-trailerupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 21:41:00

Soldiers looking for drugs in the southern border state of Chiapas instead found 140 migrants inside a tractor-trailer.

President Ortega cruises to a 3rd term in Nicaraguaupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 19:41:00

Left-leaning Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega easily won re-election with more than double the votes of his closest rival, election officials said on Monday, amid complaints of voting irregularities.

27 missing in Nicaragua as Rina strengthens to a hurricaneupdated: Mon Oct 24 2011 21:10:00

Rina strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane off the coast of Central America on Monday, as officials in Nicaragua searched for more than two dozen missing storm evacuees.

Ongoing Central American rains a reminder of Mitchupdated: Wed Oct 19 2011 12:35:00

The death toll from recent rain and flooding in Central America rose to at least 91 Wednesday as the deluge rivaled what the region witnessed during the deadly Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

At least 60 dead as heavy rain hits Central Americaupdated: Mon Oct 17 2011 19:07:00

Heavy rain that has killed at least 60 people in Central America is not expected to let up soon, authorities said Monday.

Dozens killed as heavy rains hammer Central Americaupdated: Sun Oct 16 2011 17:49:00

Dozens of people have been killed in Central America as heavy rains continue to hammer the region.

Lions that were caged at Panama fairgrounds have new homeupdated: Thu Sep 29 2011 11:18:00

After 14 years of undernourishment and overcrowding, Elena, Kaitlyn and Alyssa heard the roar of other rescued African lions Wednesday at their spacious new home in Colorado.

Gangs, drugs fuel violence in Guatemalaupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 20:50:00

The smartly-dressed, blond woman emerged from a tony restaurant on Avenida Reforma, one of Guatemala City's main boulevards. A tall, broad-shouldered and barrel-chested man preceded her, his eyes calmly scanning the parking lot from behind dark sunglasses. Two other similar-looking bodyguards trailed behind her as they walked toward a luxury SUV.

Teacher's extraordinary passion to help kidsupdated: Tue Sep 06 2011 17:12:00

A Georgia teacher's passion and curiosity about her immigrant students' homelands led to a path that changed her life and those she's touched - forever.

Nicaragua may revive $17 billion claim against U.S.updated: Fri Jul 22 2011 02:28:00

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega opened the door to the possibility of his country going back to international bodies in an attempt to get a $17 billion payout from the United States.

SI.com: Steve Davis: U.S. player ratings against Panamaupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 23:17:00

HOUSTON -- U.S. player ratings in its 1-0 win over Panama (scale of 1-10).

SI.com: Avi Creditor: U.S. vs. Panama play-by-play analysisupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 20:58:00

The U.S. is one game away from reaching Saturday's Gold Cup final, but first Bob Bradley's men must overcome a Panama team that beat them in the group stage.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Five storylines to follow entering U.S.-Panama semifinal clashupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 13:49:00

HOUSTON -- Five things on my mind as we get ready for the Gold Cup semifinals on Wednesday between the U.S. and Panama (7 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer, Univisión) and Mexico and Honduras (10 p.m. ET, same channels):

SI.com: Steve Davis: CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals previewupdated: Wed Jun 22 2011 11:26:00

HOUSTON -- Things are lining up brilliantly for a U.S. soccer team still looking to put things right after some unappealing results. In the Twitter universe, you'd hashtag this one #WeekOfRedemption.

SI.com: Steve Davis: U.S. vs. Guadeloupe previewupdated: Mon Jun 13 2011 11:15:00

When it comes to advancing out of the first round, into elimination play, the CONCACAF Gold Cup format is almost comically forgiving. Teams play three first round matches, an exercise that serves to eliminate only 4 of 12 nations before quarterfinal play.

U.S. seeking to bounce back from Panama defeat at Gold Cupupdated: Sun Jun 12 2011 15:40:00

The United States must beat Guadeloupe on Tuesday to guarantee a quarterfinal place at the Gold Cup, having suffered a shock first group-stage defeat in the CONCACAF region tournament.

SI.com: Steve Davis: Lively Panama attack exposes U.S.updated: Sat Jun 11 2011 23:54:00

This is the Gold Cup, not the World Cup, right?

SI.com: Steve Davis: U.S. vs. Panama previewupdated: Fri Jun 10 2011 11:32:00

One more win should seal the deal as the U.S. seeks a Gold Cup second round spot, but it may not come easily Saturday in Florida against a stubborn, experienced and defensively strong Panamanian team.

SI.com: Steve Davis: 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup previewupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 11:32:00

Five storylines to follow as the CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off Sunday:

Spanish court indicts 20 Salvadoran military officialsupdated: Mon May 30 2011 12:57:00

Spain's National Court issued an arrest warrant Monday for 20 Salvadoran military officials in connection with the slayings of six priests, their housekeeper and her daughter more than two decades ago.

Earthquake shakes southern Panamaupdated: Sat Apr 30 2011 09:43:00

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck southern Panama early Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Opening up Latin American marketsupdated: Sat Mar 19 2011 21:32:00

The President maintains his focus on international crises in Japan and Libya and discusses his trip to Latin America.

President Obama visiting three Latin American success storiesupdated: Sat Mar 19 2011 21:32:00

It's his first trip to South America, one that many doubted would happen at all.

CNNMoney: Newest trade war: Obama vs. Congressupdated: Sat Mar 19 2011 08:40:00

With President Obama in Latin America to talk trade this weekend, he faces a new stalemate at home on key treaties that he wants wrapped up this year.

11 Salvadoran gang members sentenced in killing of foreign filmmakerupdated: Tue Mar 15 2011 11:47:00

Eleven gang members were convicted and sentenced in El Salvador for the killing of a foreign filmmaker who had documented their lives, the country's attorney general's office said.

Court bars Costa Rica, Nicaragua from disputed areaupdated: Tue Mar 08 2011 20:47:00

Costa Rica and Nicaragua both must refrain from sending or maintaining civilians, security forces or police in a disputed border area, the International Court of Justice ordered Tuesday, offering each side something it could claim as a victory.

Costa Rica to present case against Nicaragua in international courtupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 06:29:00

Costa Rica will take its border dispute with Nicaragua to international court Tuesday.

WikiLeaks: Panama's leader pressured U.S. to help wiretap opponentsupdated: Wed Dec 29 2010 10:50:00

In July 2009, the U.S. ambassador in Panama received an unexpected message on her BlackBerry. It came from newly elected President Ricardo Martinelli, and said simply, "I need help with tapping phones."

People.com: Survivor Host Jeff Probst Breaks Down Nicaragua's Final Fiveupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 11:49:00

Find out who has the best chance to make it to the finish line a millionaire

From Cairo to Cambodia: How tennis is gunning for world dominationupdated: Fri Nov 26 2010 08:14:00

It is a move the tennis world hopes will have as much impact on the court as a bullet-like passing shot from Roger Federer or a fierce smash from Serena Williams.

Costa Rica files case against Nicaragua in international courtupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 06:17:00

Costa Rica has taken its border dispute with Nicaragua to international court, repeating claims that its territory has been invaded.

Call for troop withdrawal in Nicaragua, Costa Rica disputeupdated: Sat Nov 13 2010 06:12:00

The permanent council of the Organization of American States has approved a resolution asking troops to withdraw from the disputed border area between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Panama freighter carrying 29 Chinese sailors hijackedupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 21:38:00

Pirates hijacked Friday night a Panamanian freighter with 29 Chinese sailors in the Arabian Sea on the northern Indian Ocean, the China Marine Rescue Center said Saturday, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Panama to investigate cruise ship fireupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 05:53:00

Panama officials will lead the investigation into what caused a fire in a Carnival Cruise Lines ship, the National Transportation and Safety Board said Thursday.

Costa Rica ready to appeal to higher bodies in border disputeupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 23:23:00

Costa Rica will take its border dispute with Nicaragua to the United Nations and the International Court of Justice, if a resolution is not found, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla said.

At least 16 people dead in El Salvador juvenile facility fireupdated: Wed Nov 10 2010 13:19:00

At least 16 people died and another 22 were injured Wednesday in a fire at a juvenile detention center in El Salvador, said Mauricio Ramirez Landaverde, the interim chief for the national civil police force.

Costa Rica, Nicaragua remain at odds over borderupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 18:53:00

The secretary-general of the Organization of American States announced Monday that the two sides in a Central American border dispute had agreed to talks, but the responses from Costa Rica and Nicaragua showed that they remained far from resolution.

Money Magazine: Get a high-quality remodel for lessupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 05:46:00

Ask any homeowner who has done an improvement on the cheap: You get what you pay for. Second-rate materials don't last and contractors who make low-ball bids rarely deliver fine craftsmanship.

OAS head to visit both sides in Central American disputeupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 18:07:00

The Organization of American States will send its secretary-general to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to mediate a border dispute between the two countries, the body announced Thursday.

Costa Rican president urges restraint in border disputeupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 05:13:00

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla is urging citizens to exercise restraint as her government seeks a diplomatic course to resolve a boundary dispute with neighboring Nicaragua.

Costa Rica turns to OAS in border disputeupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 19:41:00

Costa Rica on Wednesday made its case in front of the permanent council of the Organization of American States that Nicaraguan troops had made an incursion onto their territory.

Studies show 'dark chapter' of medical researchupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 18:08:00

The Tuskegee syphilis experiment of the 20th century is often cited as the most famous example of unethical medical research. Now, evidence has emerged that it overlapped with a shorter study, also sponsored by U.S. government health agencies, in which human subjects were unknowingly being harmed by participating in an experiment.

Matthew weakens, drenches Central Americaupdated: Sat Sep 25 2010 17:29:00

Matthew weakened into a tropical depression Saturday but continued to drench Central America, bringing with it a threat of flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said.

Honduras, Nicaragua brace for possible hurricaneupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 07:40:00

Tropical Storm Matthew was strengthening Friday and could become a hurricane -- bringing heavy rains, flash floods and mudslides to Central America, forecasters said.

What connects Panama to UAE?updated: Mon Sep 20 2010 06:39:00

Connect the World continues its series of connecting two countries with one another. See what connects Panama and UAE.

Panama and UAE's maritime marvelsupdated: Sun Sep 19 2010 07:39:00

Panama and the United Arab Emirates are crucial trade hubs thanks to two of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century -- Dubai's Jebel Ali port and the Panama Canal.

Legal adviser in Haiti kidnap case extradited to U.S.updated: Tue Sep 14 2010 10:09:00

A man who provided legal advice to 10 U.S. Baptists accused of kidnapping 33 Haitian children after January's earthquake has been extradited from the Dominican Republic to the United States on alien-smuggling charges, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Third migrant survived Mexico massacre, El Salvador's president saysupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 07:42:00

A third migrant survived a massacre that left 72 dead in a Mexican border state, and could play a key role in authorities' investigation of the crime, El Salvador's president said.

CNNMoney: Surgery and sightseeing on your boss' dimeupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 13:00:00

Tina Follett and her husband Patrick are in Panama on a two-week all-expenses paid trip. But Tina isn't on vacation. She's there to get surgery.

Panama cops: Americans would befriend victims, then rob and killupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 09:44:00

Panamanian officials have unearthed three bodies linked to the five slayings an American man has confessed to committing, the lead prosecutor in the case told CNN.

Panamanian authorities search for bodies in U.S. suspect caseupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 17:53:00

Panamanian authorities began searching Tuesday afternoon for the bodies of five people that an American man has confessed to killing, the lead prosecutor in the case told CNN.

Serial killing suspect, wife arrested in Nicaraguaupdated: Tue Jul 27 2010 10:22:00

William Adolfo Cortez -- the man suspected in four homicides in Panama, including the death of one American -- and his wife were arrested in Nicaragua on Monday, a Costa Rican official told CNN.

Man wanted in deaths of American woman, 3 others, Panama police sayupdated: Sat Jul 24 2010 16:52:00

A man suspected in the deaths of three people in Panama is now wanted in the slaying of an American woman whose body was found last week, Panama's national police said Saturday.

Guatemala warns of volcano dangerupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 12:23:00

Authorities in Guatemala say they've detected an increase in vibration inside a volcano that killed three people when it erupted in May.

Hospital: 16th person dies from burns in El Salvador bus attackupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 14:19:00

A 16th person has died from burns suffered in a Sunday night arson attack on a mass transit bus in El Salvador, authorities said Friday. Two other people were shot to death in a separate attack on another bus around the same time.

Police: 11 dead after attackers set fire to bus in El Salvadorupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 05:22:00

At least 11 passengers were killed and eight others injured Sunday night when assailants set fire to a mass transit bus in San Salvador, El Salvador, police said.

Oil container washes ashore in Floridaupdated: Sun Jun 13 2010 15:45:00

A portion of beach in Panama City, Florida, was closed Saturday after a large oil container with BP markings washed ashore, local authorities said.

More than 175 dead from weekend storm in Central Americaupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 08:55:00

The death toll from Tropical Storm Agatha continued to grow Tuesday, with 152 reported killed in Guatemala, 16 in Honduras and nine in El Salvador.

Tropical storm leaves at least 115 dead in Central Americaupdated: Tue Jun 01 2010 08:26:00

At least 115 people have died after a tropical storm battered Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador over the weekend, officials in those countries reported.

Death toll climbs to 3 from Guatemala volcanoupdated: Sat May 29 2010 05:21:00

The death toll from the eruption of a volcano in Guatemala has risen to at least three people, an official said Friday.

Adventure racing in Panamaupdated: Wed May 26 2010 14:23:00

See what's it like to be part of an adventure race in the jungles of Panama.

Ex-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega extradited to Franceupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 07:24:00

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega arrived Tuesday morning in France -- where he was extradited to stand trial on charges that he laundered drug money.

Noriega extradited to Franceupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 07:24:00

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is taken to France for trial. CNN's Jim Bittermann reports.

Grandson pleads Manuel Noriega's caseupdated: Sat Mar 27 2010 20:49:00

Growing up, Jean-Manuel Beauchamp attended no ball games with his grandfather. No barbecues, either, or bedtime stories.

Adviser to missionaries in Haiti kidnap case is arrestedupdated: Fri Mar 19 2010 16:59:00

A man who provided legal advice to 10 American Baptists accused of kidnapping 33 Haitian children after the earthquake there was arrested Thursday night in the Dominican Republic and accused of human trafficking, the country's anti-narcotics agency said Friday.

Three more arrested in filmmaker's killing in El Salvadorupdated: Wed Feb 17 2010 03:58:00

Three Salvadoran gang members were arrested Monday in connection with the killing of French filmmaker Christian Poveda last June, police said.

The world football weeklyupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 04:36:00

Each week Fanzone brings you a visual round-up of news from around the world of football -- whether the soccer story centers on drama in Europe, coach changes in Central America or events in Africa, all the stories worth knowing are here.

Slayings of 4 Guatemalan prison officials blamed on drug tradeupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 17:29:00

To hear some Guatemalans tell it, three coordinated attacks that killed four prison officials in five hours Monday hardly raised anyone's pulse.

Few coast dwellers ready for a hurricane, poll showsupdated: Thu May 29 2008 16:13:00

The Atlantic hurricane season starts Sunday, and government forecasters are predicting an above-normal season, with as many as five major hurricanes. The eastern Pacific's first tropical storm of the year formed Thursday off Central America.

Ill-prepared for hurricanesupdated: Thu May 29 2008 16:13:00

CNN's John Zarrella reports a new survey finds many people falling into dangerous hurricane habits.

Business 2.0: LoJack In The Boxupdated: Sun Aug 01 2004 00:01:00

Under the U.S. government's Operation Safe Commerce initiative, scores of high-tech cargo containers from Asia, Europe, and Central America are now passing through the ports of Seattle, Long Beach,...

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